Georgia judge says he will weigh ‘disqualification’ at Thursday hearing over bombshell claims about Fani Willis affair with prosecutor: Fulton County DA’s FATHER will appear amid ‘cohabitation’ allegations – and Trump is planning to attend

A Georgia judge considering bombshell charges against Fulton County DA Fani Willis says an evidentiary hearing will continue Thursday where a judge will weigh claims to disqualify her from the case of a Donald Trump associate.

The attorney for the Trump affiliate accused of participating in the ‘fake voter’ scheme in the state plans to call a series of witnesses who will talk about allegations of an ‘inappropriate’ relationship between Willis and a lawyer on her team, in a fire that will draw Trump into yet another courthouse.

Among the witnesses the attorney plans to call is the DA’s father, who would testify remotely from his home in California on behalf of his daughter amid allegations about her relationship with special counsel Nathan Wade.

On the table will be allegations about the nature of the evidence and whether any of it could disqualify Willis from overseeing the Trump affairs now that she has admitted a personal ‘relationship’ with the outside member of her team.

“The state admitted that a relationship existed,” Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee said, referring to the personal relationship Willis acknowledged in a filing between her and Wade.

‘So what remains to be proven is the existence and extent of any financial benefit, again if there even was one. Because I think it is possible that the facts alleged by the defendant could lead to disqualification. I think an evidentiary hearing should take place to set the record straight on those core allegations,’ he said.

FILE PHOTO: Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis speaks at a press conference next to Prosecutor Nathan Wade after a grand jury returned indictments against former President Donald Trump and his allies in their bid to overturn the state's 2020 election results, in Atlanta, Georgia, US August 14, 2023. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage./File Photo

FILE PHOTO: Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis speaks next to Prosecutor Nathan Wade during a press conference after a grand jury returned indictments against former President Donald Trump and his allies in their bid to overturn the state’s 2020 election results, in Atlanta, Georgia, US August 14, 2023. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage./File Photo

The trial remained on track after a stunning court filing last week by the attorney for Donald Trump associate Michael Roman. That led to a filing by Willis who acknowledged a “personal relationship” with Wade but denied any impropriety, saying the relationship began after he joined the team overseeing the complex racketeering investigation.

Ashleigh Merchant, Roman’s attorney, claims the relationship was inappropriate and undermines charges against her client related to Trump’s attempted gerrymandering in the state.

Lawyers in Willis’ office said in court Monday that many of Merchant’s claims are inaccurate and blasted what they called a ‘fishing expedition’ for bank records and testimony about Willis, who regularly assaults Donald Trump as part of a ‘ a ‘witch hunt’ against him.

Dealer claims in her filing that he has information that could debunk some of Willis’ claims.

Attorney Ashleigh Merchant wants to call a series of witnesses to back up her filing on details of Willis' 'relationship' with Nathan Wade

Attorney Ashleigh Merchant wants to call a series of witnesses to support her filing on details of Willis’ ‘relationship’ with Nathan Wade

Fulton County Judge Scott McAfee weighed efforts by potential witnesses to suppress their testimony

Fulton County Judge Scott McAfee weighed efforts by potential witnesses to suppress their testimony

Monday's hearing was broadcast online

Monday’s hearing was broadcast online

Among the people she calls to testify is Terrance Bradley, Wade’s former law partner, who testify that the personal relationship preceded Wade’s appointment as special prosecutor in Willis’ office.

Gabe Banks, a former federal prosecutor who was subpoenaed to appear, answered questions from Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee after Merchant said Bradley received calls “that he believed were trying to stop him from testifying .’

Banks acknowledged calling Bradley, but said, “I called him on a personal level because One, he’s my friend, and Two, he’s my fraternity brother,” he said.

“I was concerned about him being emotional given his past relationship with Mr. Wade,” he said.

Merchant wants witnesses to establish that the case Willis confessed to began before she hired Wade to act as a special prosecutor in her office. She also claims she benefited financially during lavish vacations the two shared.

“In Paragraph 17 of your affidavit, you swore you met Ms. Willis at a Municipal Court training in October 2019,” she wrote in response to an affidavit by Wade cited in Willis’ filing.

“Isn’t it true that you started more than just a friendship at that conference?” Asked dealer.

Merchant’s filing says ‘witnesses will testify that you and Ms. Willis stayed at her home in South Fulton until her father moved in with her and you then moved into the apartment of a friend of hers in East Point.’

Anna Cross, who represents the DA’s office in the case, said on Monday that ‘this is obviously untrue’ and said she wished that Willis’ father would participate in Thursday’s trial at a distance from his home in California. He will participate via zoom due to travel considerations.

“I would be shocked if Ms. Merchant could support that statement,” she said. “There was no cohabitation,” she continued, adding that “DA Willis and Nathan Wade never lived together.”

“The defense doesn’t bring you facts, the defense doesn’t bring you justice, the defense brings you gossip,” she said.

Willis’ team also appeared ready to combat contention that the two romantic partners used what Merchant called a AirBNB ‘safe house’ in Hapeville, outside of Atlanta.

Former federal prosecutor Gabe Banks, who was subpoenaed to appear Thursday, spoke in Monday’s hearing about his own ‘lack of knowledge about any romantic relationship’.

“I do think it’s a fishing expedition,” he said.

Merchant said one of her key witnesses received calls to stop him from testifying.

To raise the stakes even further, Trump plans to attend the hearing in person, the Washington Post reported, just a day after he attended a closed hearing in Florida related to his classified documents case.